Touched with Fire is a mini concerto for electric guitar and orchestra, which plays on the plangent expressive qualities of the solo instrument as much as on the players virtuosity. The piece is conceived as a kind of lament, moving between a ritualised, controlled grief and more spontaneous, personal musings and outbursts from the soloist. It is dedicated to the victims of the terrorist bombing in Bologna Railway Station in 1980.
Jeremy Thurlow has composed for a wide range of ensembles and soloists. His recent piano concerto, commissioned by the University of St. Andrews, was premiered earlier this year by Murray McLachlan and received its second performance by Matthew Schellhorn. He has written many vocal settings of contemporary poetry - including works commissioned and broadcast by BBC Radio 3, Radio Scotland and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation - and has also composed several large-scale cantatas for amateur choral societies. His music is performed in France, Belgium and Italy. Jeremy also writes on a range of twentieth-century music, especially French music since the war, and he is about to take up a position as Director of Music at Robinson College, Cambridge.
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